For several months over the last two years, Elena covered the Syrian refugee crisis for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Of the millions of Syrians displaced by the ongoing civil war, Dorfman was drawn most strongly to the teenagers. “They seemed particularly shell-shocked and bereft,” she said. “They spoke to me of powerful longing and frustration.” – excerpt from the project’s feature on The New Yorker

Go to The New Yorker for the project’s audio and visual slideshow